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SHIGEMI YASUHARA
 

Born in 1984 in Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Lives and works in Saitama Prefecture, Japan


Inspired by the humble beauty and deep-seated history of the trees that grow on the mountains of Japan and in the countryside, Shigemi Yasuhara’s paintings are visions of a world enveloped in stillness and serenity. With a self-described intense focus on natural elements, Yasuhara paints his trees, often beech or horse chestnut, on the traditional Japanese paper called washi using mineral pigments such as lapis lazuli and verdigris. The simple color pallet and immaculate detail turn the everyday landscapes into emotional scenes full of tension, stillness, and splendor. Yasuhara earned his PhD from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2016. 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018

Solo Exhibition (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2018

Nihonga: Contemporary Art of Japan (SEIZAN Gallery, New York) 


2015

Fukushima Prefecture Yamatsumi Shrine, Ookami Tenjoe Restoration Project


2014

Selections from the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Sho no Kai (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)

AWARDS

2019

Grand prix for Yamatane Museum of Art NIHONGA AWARD: Seed 2019-Meet the Future of Nihonga- (Yamatane Museum of Art, Tokyo)


2016

Recipient, Ikuo Hirayama Art and Culture Award


2015

Recipient, Ikuo Hirayama Scholarship (Tokyo University of the Arts)


2013

Nihon Bijutsuin, Spring Exhibition, First-time Selection
Nihon Bijutsuin, Official Exhibition, First-time Selection
Nihon Bijutsuin, Official Exhibition, Selected


2011

Honorable Mention for Thesis Work (Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Liberal Arts Department)


2008

Recipient of Ataka Prize (Tokyo University of the Arts)

PROJECTS

2018

La peinture japonaise, nouvelle génération, tradition et transmission (France)

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

2016

Nomura Art Prize, Honorable mention for thesis project, included in permanent collection

EXHIBITIONS

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Nihonga: Contemporary Art of Japan